, Gloucester, MA

May 3, 2013

Editorial: Ed chief recognizes 'innovation'

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — If new state Education Secretary Matthew Malone is looking for examples to support added funding for “innovation schools,” he came to the right place Wednesday to get some fresh ideas.

In visiting Gloucester’s O’Maley Middle School, Malone indeed chose what has seemingly become one of the beacons among the 47 “innovation” schools already operating across the state. By all counts, O’Maley teachers are getting more students engaged in hands-in learning — and all the while making the most of advanced science, technology and math (STEM) programs, bolstered in part by the nonprofit Gloucester Education Foundation as well.

By the end of his tour, Malone clearly recognized O’Maley for what it is — a model for others to follow. That’s very good to hear.